Trying to beat deadline, suspected flying registrants 'arrested' in Maguindanao

July 18, 2012 11:34 pm 

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao, July 18 — Police and military authorities "arrested" on Wednesday about 60 suspected flying registrants trying to beat the last day of general registration of voters in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Mayor Lester Sinsuat of Datu Odin Sinsuat, said police and soldiers manning checkpoints stopped a three-vehicle convoy loaded with passengers even on its overhead baggage area as they were leaving for Maguindanao's second district.

"They were recruited to register in exchange for P300 per person," Sinsuat said.

He asked the suspects why they wanted to register in other Maguindanao towns when they have been registered voters of Datu Odin Sinsuat.

"They said they wanted to transfer their registration, a reason obviously to evade and enable them to get the promised pay as flying registrants," he said.

"I told them they might as well transfer their residences and no longer live in Datu Odin, if that is the case," Sinsuat said.

He said had the police failed to stop the three-vehicle convoy at about 5 a.m., there could have been more "hauled" Datu Odin Sinsuat residents and registered voters heading to Maguindanao's second district.

Sinsuat explained that the suspected flying registrants were told that they will nullify their registration in Datu Odin Sinsuat if they register anew in other areas because of the Comelec's Automated Fingerprinting Identification System.

The mayor said no charge has been filed against the suspects and they were later allowed to return home. (PNA)



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